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Summertime sea

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The waves crashing on the shore during high tide. You can see how slanted the beach has become.

Title: Summer seascape
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/2.8


Seagulls like to hang out on bench dividers near the beach. Perhaps they are people watching.

Title: Seagull
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/2.8


This seashell catches the eye because of the deep ridges it has. Sometimes these shells are stuck in the sand and barely visible.

Title: Sand & seashells
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/2.8


It’s rare to find starfish this large, so this particular one was a treat.

Title: Golden starfish
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/2.8

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Upper Montane Forest Plant life

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Continuing on the flora of Florence Lake California, this waxy looking succulent plant caught my eye right away due to it’s fiery colors of orange and yellow against the white granite rock.

Title: Upper montane succulents
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


Green plants like this are very common in the subalpine zone. This particular leaf was very vibrant against the sun and the picture shows the various veins which plants have.

Title: Aspen tree leaf
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


These white flowers seemed delicate but was host to a variety of flying insects, including bees. This particular flower is indigenous to the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Title: Mariposa desertparsley
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


Fallen ferns like this are usually found on the ground in the Florence Lake woods, but are usually far past decay. Luckily this one was fresh and still very green.

Title: Fallen fern
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4 4x diopter

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Florence lake camping up close

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This fungus-like form was found on a Foxtail Pine that was hard to notice at first but once I got near the tree, it popped out quite vibrantly.

Title: Fungus on a foxtail pine tree
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


This green mold on a granite rock was very spotty and has a mustard type color.

Title: Mustard green mold
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


Often you will find dried sap on the pine trees in the area, and sometimes you even find one oozing.

Title: Pine tree sap
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


This tree bark had a very interesting pattern and looked quite weathered.

Title: Weathered tree bark
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4 4x diopter

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Camping at Florence lake

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These photos were taken at Florence Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountain’s in California. This is a very secluded area only accessible by a one lane road. This particular picture was taken at Florence Lake, one of the biggest lakes in the area.

Title: Florence lakeshore
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


On top of the granite rock near Florence Lake offers an amazing view of the valley and mountain range behind it which can easily get up to heights of 10,000 feet.

Title: High sierra tree line
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 35mm f/3.5


Ward lake is a small lake near Florence Lake that offers one of the most beautiful views in all of California. This lake is filled with many smaller fish and bald eagles can be seen soaring over the lake in the afternoons.

Title: Ward lake
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


This picture was taken at sunset in Jackass Meadows, a peaceful place away from the rest of the world. The contrast in the sky was extremely vibrant pinks and purples that lasted for 10 minutes. A very small window to capture this moment in time.

Title: 4th of july sunset
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4 

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Summer vacation

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This cute picture was taken in New Jersey in May when the flowers were starting to bloom. I found this gazebo by the river and it looked nice and secluded.

Title: Spring kiss
Location: Edison, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


This photo was taken at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. This particular sculpture was unique as it invited people to stand in the middle and really examine each sculpture.

Title: Still like a sculpture
Location: Hamilton, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


Here is a candid picture taken of a sculpture that was simply a rounded mirror, making one reflect on their own life perhaps.

Title: Round reflection
Location: Hamilton, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


This sculpture was easily one of the most unique being all wood and hand carved. It stands quite tall at around 17 feet, looming over anyone that stands under it. It’s interesting to think how much time and love it took someone to create such a beauty.

Title: Hand carved wood sculpture
Location: Hamilton, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4 

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Dreaming of California

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My little brother was in California visiting me a few weeks ago. He does some modeling so we went around and did some fun photo shoots. I hope you enjoy this collection.

Title: Beach bum
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 

Title: I am your brother
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 

Title: Dreaming of the sea
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 

Title: Floating in bamboo forest
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4 

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Summer butterflies


This set of photos are from the Museum of Natural History in Santa Barbara, CA. There is a wide range of butterflies here including the Anartia jatrophae aka White Peacock. This is a very territorial species with a beautiful rustic pattern and eye spots.

Title: White peacock butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


This is the Heliconius charithonia aka Zebra Longwing shown from the front, displaying it’s very wide wing span. This butterfly is unique in that pollen enables them to be toxic to certain predators.

Title: Heliconius charithonia butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


The Papilio cresphontes aka Giant Swallowtail is one of the more unique species of butterfly. The color scheme of this one is mostly yellow and black but if you look closely you can also see some red and green’s.

Title: Giant Swallowtail butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


The Papilio cresphontes from the side showing it’s unique wing ridge pattern. These butterflies are quite vibrant especially while pollinating lavender.

Title: Papilio swallowtail butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4 2x diopter

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Butterflies Alive


These photos were taken in Santa Barbara, CA at the Museum of Natural History. This butterfly is the Junonia coenia and is found most commonly in southern Canada and most of the United States. It has a bold eyespot pattern on the upper wings which makes it stand out among the rest, giving this butterfly the nickname Buckeye.

Title: Buckeye butterfly on a pink flower
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


This butterfly is the Dryas iulia, sometimes referred to as The Flame and is extremely vibrant with an orange glow. This species is native to Brazil and is quite popular in butterfly houses due to the fact that it is very active. It also catches the eye easily.

Title: Julia Butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


One of the most beautiful butterflies at the museum was the Papilio cresphontes aka The Giant Swallowtail, often found in forests and citrus orchards around the southwestern United States. It has a very distinctive wing pattern that makes it one of the most memorable butterflies.

Title: Wings of a Giant Swallowtail butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The Heliconius charithonia aka Zebra Longwing is actually not native to California and is most commonly found in South America and Florida. It was a treat to see this butterfly since it has very long wings along with a black and white stripe pattern that is there to warn off predators.

Title: Zebra Longwing butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4

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This photo was taken south of Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. The beach offers an amazing view of downtown Manhattan, with the newly constructed World Trade Center as the centerpiece.

Title: Distant Manhattan skyline
Location: Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


The beach in Sandy Hook has many shrubs and tall grass that make it seem more like a meadow than the shore. This type of landscape makes the New Jersey beaches very unique.

Title: Sandy hook seascape
Location: Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


There is a lot of space on the beach in late spring however during certain summer days it can be at full capacity with very little room to sit. This day was fairly empty due to colder weather which offered a nice clean view.

Title: Jersey seashore
Location: Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The clouds were very whispy on this day considering it was quite windy. Unfortunately the water was still very cold but it was quite peaceful with tiny waves crashing on the pebbles.

Title: Peaceful sea
Location: Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4